GoPro HD Hero2 Surf Camera Review

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The HD Hero2 Surf Camera is made by GoPro, which sells more items to professional surfers, filmmakers, and enthusiasts than any other company in the world. It is a GoPro camera capable of capturing 170 degree wide angle 1080p video, and 11 megapixel photos, taking 10 photos per second. It is small, light, powerful, and great for making videos of trips, or of oneself to improve performance.

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  • professional glass lens is twice as sharp as the GoPro HD Hero Camera
  • photo burst delivers 10 photos per second
  • video HD resolutions: 1080P 30 FPS, 960P 30 and 48 FPS, 720P 30 and 60 FPS
  • photo resolutions: 11 MP, 8 MP, 5 MP
  • Wi-Fi BacPac TM and Wi-Fi Remote TM compatible
  • long-range remote control
  • optical zoom: 1x
  • includes lithium metal batteries
  • adhesive mounts, USB cable included
  • dimensions: 3.9” x 3.9” x 9.6” – 5.3 oz.
  • Shipping weight 1.4 lbs
  • available to ship to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Waterproof housing


The HD Hero2 Surf Camera is a great buy for professional and amateur athletes alike, as well as filmmakers and adventurers. It’s small and it lets you mount it easily in almost any situation, like on a surfboard. It uses SD cards (class 4 or above) to keep the price down. And it’s built tough: it can survive falling off a go-cart or tumbling down a mountainside. It has an anti-shake/anti-vibration feature as well. It’s waterproof to 197 feet (60 m).


This is not the newest model of this item. It is superseded by the GoPro Hero3+, silver edition. This camera tends to shift position after a bit of riding, as in a snowmobile. After a few bumps, it may be taking videos of the empty sky.The controls are cumbersome to operate while the camera is on your head. If the machine is running, the beeping sound is hard to hear, so you can’t tell if you’re turning it on or off. In addition, the battery has a short life.

Although the Hero2 may work fine indoors, outdoors, it doesn’t always deliver the goods. Pictures taken outdoors, especially if it’s cold, may come out with blue or orange “static.” And underwater, it’s practically useless. The lens doesn’t compensate for the water distortion. The pictures come out blurry.

This model has a tendency to freeze up, and when it does, all you can is turn the camera off, and remove the battery to reset it – but the battery is difficult to get out because it’s tightly wedged in.

Worst of all, the customer service for this item is terrible. If you get a defective piece of merchandise, you may have a lot of trouble trying to receive a response!


People who like to travel with family, or participate in sports will appreciate this item. Amateurs and professionals alike can get decent footage of their activities.

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